Hillsborough Girls Getting Defensive This Season
It was two years ago, while Durant's girls were making their run
to the state final four, that they beat Hillsborough 1-0.
This year, The Terriers rebounded, remaining the only undefeated
team in Hillsborough County with a 2-0 win against the Cougars in
the final of the Tampa Bay Tech Invitational held during the
``We thought that if we played our best it would be a very good
game,'' Hillsborough coach Ron Fedeles said.
``We were able to bother [Alicia] Tirelli enough and once we got
the first goal, it really boosted our confidence,'' he said. ``I
told [Durant coach Dick Sheffield] that we had looked at their run
and success. We used that team as a model as to how we could win.''
Using a stingy defense, conceding only four goals in 12 games,
the Terriers are preparing for a possible state run next month.
``There has been an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball,
continuing to build the concept that defense is something the whole
team plays, not just the back four,'' Fedeles said. ``We have an
exceptional goalkeeper, which certainly helped the team early in the
season when we were having to start five freshman.''
Three of those players are starting in the defensive unit right
now, with twin sisters Holly and Maddie Sewell anchoring the center
of the defense, while right back Sarah Molloy splits time with
junior Becca Miller. They are commanded by senior goalkeeper Emily
Fedeles, who has eight shutouts on the season so far.
``The team's chemistry has grown since the beginning of the
season also,'' Fedeles said. ``Everyone is working for each other, I
think that no one wants to let her teammates down.''
Up front, senior Laura Scaglione is leading the way with 14 goals
on the season. Partnered with another freshman, Sara Belsole, who
has nine goals, they are providing the goals, but also spearheading
the defensive movement by pressuring opposing defenses into mistakes
and bad passes.
``We've made sure that everyone is playing defense,'' Fedeles
said. ``It can't be just your defenders, you have to have everyone
on the same page when it comes to defending. We've stressed to the
team that they may not be on a team as good as this in the future,
and the opportunity they have here.''
BERKELEY PREP: While Bloomingdale is now ranked No. 1 in the
National Soccer Coaches of America Poll, it is important to give
credit as to how close Berkeley Prep came to beating the Bulls in
the Student Sports Soccer tournament during the holidays. Ahead 2-0
with 10 minutes to play, the Buccaneers would almost certainly have
pulled off the upset if not for the arduous tournament schedule, the
Bulls' extra depth leading to their dramatic come-from-behind win
with two goals from Alex Muniz and the game-winner from Tom Davison
with barely two minutes left to play.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Scott Strickland, Berkeley Prep: Strickland
scored twice in the Buccaneers' 3-2 victory against Orlando Lake
Highland Prep on Tuesday, and along with Tyler Davis has been a
driving force in their strong season.
GAMES TO WATCH: Brandon at King, Tuesday, 8 p.m. The Eagles come
off a runners-up spot to Jesuit in the Student Sports Soccer
tournament to face district opponent King. Centerback Jermaine
Walters had a strong tournament, being named the bracket's defensive
MVP, and also scored in their first post-holiday game, a 3-0 win
Riverview at Bloomingdale, Friday, 6 p.m. Bloomingdale will look
to stay in position for a high seed for the Class 6A-District 6
tournament. With Bloomingdale, Durant, Sarasota Riverview and
Riverview all vying for a position in the state tournament, which
teams receive a bye in the first round of the six-team tournament
could be a key factor in determining the tournament's outcome.